This is the house we lived in when I was born - 921 Ventura Drive. My parents both grew up in Oak Park, just west of Chicago, and lived in my Dad's house in Westchester until 1964. They decided to move a little farther from the city, and Palatine was a just-developing suburb at the time - still a small farm town. The new subdivisions were surrounded by farms and horse trails. It's quite a bit different now.
We moved to this house, 471 Warwick Road (just a few blocks away), when I was eleven months old - it's the only home I knew growing up. My middle brother still lives there while we figure out what to do with it, since my Dad passed away in October 2005.
This is the "cut-through" about two blocks from the house, which leads to the bike trail and is the way I walked or rode my bike to elementary school and high school.
Willow Wood Park, just a few blocks in the other direction, where we would go play from time to time. There's a big soccer field and baseball diamond behind the trees, and a swimming pool that I've never been to (my parents didn't think they needed to spend the money on a community park pass, so we only went swimming when we went to our lake house in northwest Illinois at Apple Canyon Lake).
(The Lake House)
I was a member of the Marching Pirates (Drum Major my senior year); this picture is from my junior year - yeah, just TRY and find me:
A couple of pics of the 'hood:
There wasn't much of a "downtown" area - it never really grew, so in typical suburban fashion all of the stores were in strip malls. But here's the train that connected us to Chicago and the rest of the northwest suburbs:
I never realized how nice my home and neighborhood and hometown were until I went away to college. Even now everytime I visit, I'm amazed by how fortunate I was, and how HUGE our house was!
That's all the pictures for this post. I found a few pics of my Dad while I was looking for these, but that will be its' own post.